7 Scientific Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs
The secret to feeling upbeat all winter long is closer than you think. We’ve uncovered seven tips—backed by scientific research—to get you going. The birds may not be chirping, but you’ll feel like they are.
Find Your Groove
Research out of University of Missouri supports something you’re probably already doing: playing your favorite jams. Listening to upbeat music while also trying to feel happier really works. So put your headphones on and press play on Pharrell’s “Happy.”
Seek Out Light
Think like a plant and go toward the light. thirty minutes per day near a light box can counteract low energy for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (ask your doctor to learn more). So if you’re feeling down, move your desk near a window, take a deep breath and then see how you feel.
Eat Some Chocolate
While yes, you should up your nutrition in general (aka eat things like kale with B vitamins that can do wonders for energy), you should also treat yourself. Experts at Dartmouth tout chocolate as a powerful mood enhancer. Just remember: A little goes a long way.
Stop and Smell the Oranges
Good thing winter also happens to be citrus season. The scent of citrus can stir up energy and alertness. The bright colors, naturally sweet taste and immunity-boosting vitamins don’t hurt either.
It may not be 72 and sunny outside, but fresh air is an instant pick-me-up. Bonus: Now that we’re past the winter solstice, you have more longer, sunnier days to enjoy outdoors. Try starting small with walking to pick up lunch, then plan a day of skating or sledding with the whole family.